If you love weather, live in the Ottumwa area and like the idea of helping keep your neighbors in south central Iowa safe during storm season, why not become a storm spotter? This coming Thursday the National Weather Service will hold storm spotter training at 6 p.m. at Ottumwa High School. Tim Richmond, the county’s emergency management coordinator, said he’s hoping the session draws a good crowd, saying the more eyes on the weather we have the better. Storm spotter training gives people the tools to recognize dangerous weather without having to rely on official warnings, Richmond said. He sees value in people “just being able to look at the horizon and say ‘Something’s up,” particularly when the NWS technology, good as it is, can’t always see everything.
Marion County Habitat for Humanity is once again on the move – on April 4th the organization will be moving a home currently at 910 Main St. in Pella to 510 S. 6th St. in Knoxville. This will be the second time Habitat has moved a home in south central Iowa; the first took place in the fall of last year. Bank Iowa donated the home, which was located on the future site of their new branch in Pella. This home will become a part of the Habitat home ownership program, according to a Habitat news release. Habitat is currently accepting applications for this program, which ends at 5 p.m. on March 30.